Hamas says it wasn’t banning women — it was just stipulating that male and female participants couldn’t run together and that it wanted the marathon to go forth as long as “local traditions” were respected, the BBC reported.
The U.N. Relief and Works Agency, however, said that stipulation was too restrictive. The group canceled the race, which was set for Sunday, after “discussions with the authorities in Gaza who have insisted that no women should participate,” BBC reported.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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